Jun 25 | Posted By

What constitutes a genuine relationship? The answer to this question will heavily depend on your culture. These cultural biases can prevent many people from making a subjective assessment and according to Matthew Jeffery, the immigration officials in Canada are quite guilty of this. The IRCC officer is required to assess if a relationship is genuine and that the application wasn’t for immigration purposes only. However, some of these officers use unacceptable criteria such as questioning differences in age, culture or race when assessing spousal sponsorship applications. Is the relationship genuine? It’s not uncommon to find immigration officers asking applicants very personal questions regarding their relationship that could come out as offensive and insulting. Jenny Kwan, a Federal NDP immigration critic, gives an example of a…

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